JAIPUR: The much hyped second round of talks between the 22-member Gujjar delegation and the state government on Friday ended inconclusively, but with the pledge that the talks would resume on Saturday.
The state government, however, clarified that there was no question of sending a letter to the Centre recommending ST status for Gujjars. The best thing possible, the government team said, was a 4-6% reservation under the denotified tribe category.
According to a Gujjar leader who attended the meeting, BJP MP and national treasurer Ramdas Agarwal, who was heading the state’s delegation of nine members, tried his best to get the Gujjars to accept the deal.
���He told us that it could be managed at the state level and we should be open to the idea,” the leader said.
But on Day 1 the Gujjars did not appear willing to give any ground and talks were suspended for an hour.
It was only when NCP MLA from Delhi Ramvir Singh Bidhuri intervened that the talks resumed.
But it did not go on for long and both parties agreed to meet again on Saturday to thrash out the issues. None of the Gujjars’ other demands, which include an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh for those who died in police firing, government jobs for the kin of the victims and withdrawal of cases against the agitators, were discussed on Friday.
After the meeting, Agarwal told reporters that the talks were held in a cordial atmosphere. Asked if agitation spearhead Col Kirori Singh Bainsla would attend the next round of talks, he said, ���We have sent him an open invitation and he is welcome to join anytime.”